"Mum and Dad split up when I was three, but it was when I was four that my life really changed. I was at home in my bedroom. Like many kids, ...

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31 March 2014


“I was born in Ballarat, Victoria, but my parents separated and my brother, sister and mum went to Traralgon in Gippsland [also in Victoria]. I went over to Western Australia a ...

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25 March 2014


Even against the backdrop of Brisbane’s vibrant West End, Alfred cuts a colourful presence. Every day he unfolds his chair outside the Avid Reader bookshop, rests his multi-coloured walking sticks ...

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11 March 2014


"I was born at the Queen Victoria Hospital, same place my mum was born. I mainly lived at Elizabeth and Salisbury [northern suburbs of Adelaide]. At school I had [School ...

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26 February 2014

Steve B

"I was born in Whyalla; a South Aussie. I never got to meet my old man, but I think he worked for BHP. Him and my mum didn’t get along ...

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7 February 2014


“I was born in Bathurst, left there when I was four because there was no school there for me. I’ve got cerebral palsy and have seizures, epilepsy. It’s a physical ...

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24 January 2014


“I was born in Subiaco, Western Australia. I have a brother and a sister, but have not seen them for years. Mum was always drinking and my dad left when ...

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10 January 2014


Recently, Dennis took out The Big Issue Brisbane’s Best Dressed Vendor Award, an achievement he credits to collared shirts and socks. “When you have been raised by an army man, ...

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6 December 2013


"I was born down Largs Bay, near Semaphore. I can’t remember too much, because we moved up to Elizabeth when I was quite young. Years back, my dad was a ...

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22 November 2013


"I’m 24, from the northern NSW coast – the Byron Bay region. I’d been working as an apprentice in a bakerypatisserie, but two shops shut down on me and it ...

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21 November 2013

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